Haywood County will be represented well in the 2019 edition of the Youth Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.

Four boys, Graham McLelland and Bryant Oancea of Waynesville Middle, Titus Bridges of Canton Middle and Camden Edwards of Bethel Middle.

The Youth Shrine Bowl, which will take place in Greenville, South Carolina in December, is a nonprofit organization that benefits the Shriners Childrens Hospital in Greenville. The Youth Shrine Bowl’s motto is “Strong Legs Run so that Weak Legs Can Walk.”

40 boys each are chosen to form three rosters for sixth, seventh and eighth grade. The four Haywood boys made the eighth grade team at an April tryout in Asheville.

It doesn’t cost anything to play in the game, but the participants are required to raise $1,500 each for the Shriners Hospital by Oct. 15. In addition, the boys will write letters to current patients at the Shriners hospital.

Haywood Pediatrics has volunteered to serve as a collection site if anyone in the community is interested in helping these student athletes meet their goal, said Karin McLelland, Graham McLelland’s mother.

“I am proud of all of these young men from Haywood County as this is a great honor to have been selected to play in the Youth Shrine Bowl,” Karin McLelland said. “Not only is it a great opportunity to play football against other young men from across North and South Carolina, but they also will learn more about the Shriners Hospital for children and help the hospital in their mission to provide care for children with musculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and other specialized health care needs without regard to race, color, creed or ability to pay.”

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